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Using Turnitin Formatively April08 V Rolfe

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Short talk on our use of Turnitin to provide students with feedback on draft work. Part of a larger research project due to be presented in July 2009, University of Warwick.

Short talk on our use of Turnitin to provide students with feedback on draft work. Part of a larger research project due to be presented in July 2009, University of Warwick.

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  • 1. Using Turnitin for essay drafts and final submissions Presentation to: HEA Bioscience Centre Meeting 8 th April 2008 By: Dr Viv Rolfe BSc PhD MIBMS FHEA
  • 2. Why did I use Turnitin in this way?
    • DMU made it mandatory for all programmes to use Turnitin at level 1 (feedback on draft) and for final submissions.
    • Faculty of Health and Life Science
      • 15 members of staff
      • >600 students
  • 3. How did I evaluate it? Biomedical Science/Medical Science (BSc Hons.) first year module essay. SEMESTER 1 3 hr eLearning session Writing Referencing / citation Using Turnitin CHRISTMAS ESSAY “ Stem cells” Drafts to Turnitin (view report once) Final submission (no report) SEMESTER 2 3 hr eLearning Feedback LIBRARY SKILLS THIS SEMESTER Describe how stem cell research is advancing medicine today.
  • 4. Essay results
    • 93 students
    • Many essays formed by a patchwork of websites
    • 31 plagiarism, 1 collusion.
  • 5. Has Turnitin helped improve drafts? Analysis of % similarity scores. DRAFT ESSAY N=60 N=9 FINAL ESSAY Some made no change Some worse on final submission (reference lists picked up) Efforts to improved score
    • No attempt to improve
    • Blatant copying
      • “ in this research we ….”
      • DIFFERENT fonts
    • Breaking text string
      • Sibling to brother and sister
      • Increased to enhanced
  • 6. Is this improving academic practice?
    • Majority made no effort to improve their essays. Perhaps they hadn’t had enough training on the reports? Perhaps they didn’t have time?
    • Minority made improvements by breaking the string of words. Is this good practice?
  • 7. Has it made a difference?
    • Students had a 3 hour session on the use of Turnitin and referencing/citation.
    • Plagiarism incidence increased.
    • No huge attempts to improve draft essays and there was a lack of understanding about referencing and citation.
  • 8. Further research
    • Research is on-going at DMU into staff and students experiences of using Turnitin, thoughts on plagiarism and academic offences.
    • Student / staff interviews / questionnaires.
    Funding: De Montfort University Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund
  • 9. Helpful References
    • Maureen Dawson & Joyce Overfield (2006) Plagiarism: Do students know what it is? BEEJ (8).
    • Ursula McGowan (2005) Plagiarism Detection and Prevention “Are we putting the cart before the horse”? HERDSA.
    • Gill Chester (2001) JISC Plagiarism Detection and Prevention. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/plagiarism_final.pdf

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